Johnny Mowlam and Terry Borcheller secured a top six finish in the latest round of the American Le Mans Series at Road America although a number of mechanical problems prevented the ACEMCO Saleen from finishing higher up the order.

At the drop of the green flag, Mowlem was able to split the dominant Corvettes and ran in a strong second place for some 20 laps. Later in his stint on a restart, the Brit was able to get in front of the leading yellow car only be re-passed into turn one with an aggressive move by Oliver Gavin. On lap 39, Mowlem pitted the #63 Saleen with the car stuck in fifth gear.

"I actually lead the class for about 20-feet," he said. "The shifting problem started on my second set of tyres, which cut into my lap times a little bit. It was nice to be in the fight among the front running Vettes."

The shift linkage was repaired and co-driver Terry Borcheller returned to the track four laps down. However as Borcheller crested the hill on lap 64, the left front wheel departed from the car, leaving him stranded at the pit exit and ending their day with 15-minutes left in the event.

"The car doesn't run real good on three tyres!" he said. "Overall it was pretty good once the crew fixed the shifter. The car did not want to be hustled today. The setup we had under it rewarded a smoother style and the lap times would come. I felt the car had a 2m 01s in it, which puts us right on pace. Jeff and the team are working hard to put the most competitive car on the track and it shows."

Team owner Jeff Giangrande was pleased with the pace shown by the car in the early stages, despite the late problems.

"We looked good early on in the race," he said. "Johnny was able to run among the Corvettes and create a little excitement. The shift linkage was redesigned prior to Portland. We finally had the opportunity to put some time on the parts in the car and we broke a dollar component. Terry ran some fast laps and the wheel departed. Not sure what happened there, the threads on the car are in tact, the nut went on in the pits properly. We have to investigate that closer. I think the Vettes have a reserve performance tank somewhere."

 

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